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A visionary leader in a time of great turmoil

When the cardinals chose Alessandro Farnese, a member of an aristocratic and notable Roman family, to succeed Pope Clement VII as Pope...

Global Catholics – Oscar Romero, patron for justice and peace

On March 24, 1980, while saying Mass, the archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, lost his life to an assassin's bullet. He is considered...

Progress in improving Catholic-Orthodox relations

As we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, it’s important to take stock of what it has meant for...

God’s presence and the need for ‘prompt succor’

Pope Francis made international headlines on Pentecost Sunday when he decried “a culture of insult” (“una cultura dell’insulto”) where the adjective takes precedence...

A papacy conceived not as power, but as service

After John XXIII’s death, the transition from the Johannine council to the Pauline one was relatively smooth. The former Angelo Giuseppe...

A people of life, and a church of life

I did not sleep well last night. I woke up about 1:30 a.m. and could not sleep. Maybe I was upset over the news...

Experiencing Durham Cathedral and ‘the Hidden Gem’

Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies recently inaugurated an exciting program in partnership with the Northern English dioceses of Liverpool, Leeds, Hallam, Salford,...

Catholics in America – Founder of first order of Catholic priests...

The 19th century saw the rise of many notable ecclesiastical figures — John Henry Newman, Nicholas Wiseman, Rafael Merry del Val, and of...

Catholics in America – The first American man to be canonized

Born in the city of Prague in what is today the Czech Republic and named after local hero John Nepomucene, John Neumann came...

The Seven Deadly Sins – Envy – The distorted realities of...

Shakespeare's villain Iago hypocritically admonishes Othello "Beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on."...
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